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Indigenous Design Studios

The name Indigenous Design Studio reflects the four core values of the firm. These values include; quality, cost effectiveness, sustainability, and commitment to Native American communities.

Indigenous Design Studio was created to provide unique, sustainable and innovative designs for all Native American Tribes throughout the country, where they can be stimulated by the experience of the designs that encompass their natural surroundings while preserving their history and culture.

Architecture has been a journey in all parts of my life; it has and has brought me to where I am today. I believe a designer should not just be passionate about their designs, but also be the stepping stones to meet the needs of the people through their history, culture and environment. My passion to provide great service to Native American communities throughout the country has stimulated me to create a business that supports the needs of the people.


Tamarah R. Begay, Associate AIA, AICAE, LEED AP BD+C

Tamarah is a member of the Navajo Nation, and was raised near Gallup, New Mexico. She received her Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of New Mexico in December of 2004. Upon graduation she also completed the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) requirements for the Intern Development Program (IDP) in order to begin her seven part Architectural Registration Exams (ARE).

Tamarah has over 10 years of experience working with Native American Tribes on schools, housing, office buildings, cultural centers and multi-purpose buildings. Her experience includes project management, marketing, proposal writing, specification writing, programming, master planning, design (all phases), interior design, construction documents and construction administration.


Tamarah is one of the founding members of the UNM Student Chapter of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (SC-AICAE). As a professional member of the AICAE, she also is a board member. Tamarah is also an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a certified construction document technician (CDT), and a LEED Accredited Professional.



Masters of Architecture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2004


Navajo clans:

Tamarah Begay yinishe’ Naakaii Dine’ nish li  (Mexican clan)

Kinyaa a’ anii basischi (Towering House clan)

A’shiini’ da shi cheí  (Salt People clan)

Hona’gha’ahnii da shi nali  (One Walks Around clan)


Organizations and Affiliations:

American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE), LEED Accredited Professional,

Associate Member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), Certified Construction Document Technician (CDT), USGBC-New Mexico Member, AICAE - Board Member, 2012 AIA Diversity Council


Recent projects include:

·         Navajo Nation 10 Chapter Feasibility Study